Arts & Sciences

Symposium on the Civil War era to celebrate career of Professor Emeritus Dr. Jim Marten, March 21-22

Marquette’s Center for the Advancement of the Humanities, the Department of History and Raynor Memorial Libraries will host a symposium on the Civil War era on Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22, in celebration of Professor Emeritus Dr. James (Jim) Marten.

The symposium, titled “National Conflict, Personal Experiences: A Symposium on the Civil War-era United States,” will be held in two sessions in Sensenbrenner Hall’s Eisenberg Reading Room:

  • Thursday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m.

Marten is a distinguished historian of childhood and the Civil War-era United States who retired in 2022 after working at Marquette for over three decades. The recipient of the university’s Haggerty Award for Excellence in Research, he has published, edited and co-edited over 20 books. His career has been characterized by innovative explorations of topics such as childhood and the suffering of soldiers and veterans, as well as extensive service to Marquette and the historical profession. He has supervised 10 doctoral students, mentored many colleagues, served as the long-time chair of Marquette’s History Department and helped lead the Society for the History of Children and Youth and the Society of Civil War Historians. 

Celebrating Marten’s career provides an opportunity to gather leading historians of the Civil War era to reflect on their work. Each presenter will take 10 minutes to introduce one of their projects, leaving plenty of time for discussion. All students, staff, faculty and members of the public who are interested in the state of research on the Civil War and its significance today are welcome to attend.

A full list of speakers is available online. No RSVP is required.